"Opinions/advice on antidepressants & pregnancy needed!"

Feb 24, 2010 Read more: Baby Center

I am 15 wks today & have heard a lot of differing opinions on & done research on antidepressant/anxiety meds.

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Edie Troess

Charlotte, NC

#1 Feb 24, 2010
I took effexor and lexipro several years ago and they were no help at all during and after my pregnancy. I got sick from the effexor and when I was getting off it was hell. I had a full blown post partum depression by then. Since 2008 I see in the New England Journal of Medicine that antidepressants are basically no better than placebos, are expensive, and have nasty side effects. Pharmaceutical research on many antidepressants seems to have been fudged according to the New England Journal of Medicine
I wished to God they gave me a sugar pill instead.
Antidepressants are of no use to the mild or moderately depressed--they don't work for them according to the research. I can vouch for that.
What works appears to be Cognitive behavioral therapy (It helped me), exercise, activities, and forcing yourself to socialize. Here's some worthwhile tips on non drug approaches: http://www.emoclear.com/depression.htm

Here are some articles on the problems with antidepressants: http://www.newsweek.com/id/232781...

Edie Troess

Charlotte, NC

#2 Feb 24, 2010
A recent study of women on antidepressants during
pregnancy showed that their babies were developmentally behind. Here's an article:



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HooahWivesAreBes t

Elizabethtown, KY

#5 Jul 27, 2013
You have to weigh the pros & cons for yourself. Some anti-d are linked to autism, however, you have to look at how you are when you're completely off of them. Can you make it w/o them? Some women are suicidal w/o them. If you can stop, I would. Or, cut down. Wean yourself though, don't go cold turkey. or, look at which stage of development different drugs impact. Some are safer in one trimester than in other 2,

As long as you are doing research, look,at the connection between common labor drugs & autism. Petocin is common, and is bad stuff.

Good luck! Try to stay calm. Stress isn't good for your baby


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